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Richard Williamson (1855-1939)

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Richard Williamson (1855-1939) M.Inst.C.E., M.I.Mech.E., M.I. & S, M.I.N.A., M.I.Mar.E.

1880 Took over the shipbuilding yard at Iron Shipbuilding Yard, Workington.

1883 Messrs. Richard Williamson and Son. Joined I Mech E

1884 Took on the additional activity of shipowning.

Managing Director, R. Williamson and Son, Ltd.

1939 Obituary [1]

RICHARD WILLIAMSON was elected to Membership of the Institution in 1883. He was a familiar figure at the Institution where he served on various research committees, and contributed financially to the cost of the work carried out by several in which he was interested. Mr. Williamson was elected to the Council of the Institution in 1917, and served until 1930.

He was born at Harrington, Cumberland, in 1855, and served an apprenticeship of four years at the works of Messrs. Fletcher, Jennings and Company, Whitehaven. He then spent a short time at sea and in 1876 he became manager of the shipbuilding works of Messrs. Richard Williamson and Son. In 1880 he became chief partner in this firm, and at the time of his death on 9th April 1939 he was also the managing director of the Northwest Shipping Company, Ltd., Workington, Cumberland. He was a member of several scientific bodies, including the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Institution of Naval Architects.

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